These Best Ever Frosted M&M Cookies are a soft and chewy delicious cookie, made with a combination of my two favorite treats.

The only thing I love more than M&M cookies are M&M cookies with a pillow of frosting on top. These cookies are just that – the best soft and chewy cookies studded with chocolate candy with a generous swoosh of vanilla frosting on top. Perfection.

overhead shot of a pile of frosted and unfrosted cookies.

I love M&M’s – every kind of M&M! Serve them to me plain, in popcorn, in a cupcake, or a cookie. I don’t care. I just flat out can’t get enough of these tiny little sweet things!

Another love of mine is soft and chewy frosted cookies so for this recipe I’ve combined my two favorites to make the best ever M&M cookies.

Like their mom, my kids love M&M’s – especially in popcorn! But they do love these cookies, too. I know how much they love them when they ask if they can take some to their teachers because they only like to share the best treats!

a stack of cookies.

Frosted Cookies with M&Ms

I used my favorite frosted chocolate chip cookie recipe to make this new version and I am in love. The soft vanilla frosting contrasted with the colorful M&Ms is so cute.

This is a simple recipe – the cookie dough is quick to make and the frosting is even easier.

You can make and bake the cookies a day in advance and frost them the next day to make it easier for events or parties.

The cookies keep well at room temperature and are freezer-friendly, too!

You can use any kind of M&M for this recipe – pick your favorite! Or choose the seasonal ones to make holiday-themed M&M cookies.

I love these so much I’ve done a version with mint, so be sure to try my Frosted Mint M&M Cookies, too!

the cookie dough being scooped.

Cookie Ingredients

  • Salted butter
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • M&Ms

How to Make the Cookies

Cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and stir three times to combine. Slowly add the mixture to the other bowl and beat into the butter and sugar. Once the dough comes together stir in M&M’s.

cookie dough ball on the baking sheet.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and scoop the cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls on the baking sheet. Top each ball with two to three M&Ms.

Bake the cookies at 350°F for 11 to 12 minutes or until a light golden brown. Cool them completely before frosting.

baked cookies on a cookie sheet.

How to Make the Frosting

The frosting is a simple vanilla one – here’s what you’ll need to make it.

  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Room temperature butter
  • Milk
  • Clear vanilla extract

Clear vanilla is great for this frosting because you’ll get a pure white color. You can also tint your frosting with coloring.

Cream the confectioner’s sugar and butter in a bowl until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired or leave it white.

Frost the cooled cookies with about a tablespoon of frosting each. Serve and devour!

cookies being frosted.

FAQ

Do you have to chill the cookie dough?

No, this is a no-chill cookie recipe. Just another reason to love it!

What else can you add to these cookies?

I’m all about the M&Ms for this recipe, you can use other mix-ins like nuts, other chocolate candy, chocolate chips, or other baking chips. Sometimes I do a mix of M&Ms and chocolate chips. Just keep the total amount of mix-ins to three cups total.

Can you make the dough ahead?

Yes, you can make the dough up to a day in advance. If you do, I recommend rolling the balls and then chill them covered on a baking sheet. Let them sit out at room temperature for a few minutes before baking them.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, the cookies freeze great but I would wait to frost them until after they are thawed. Keep them in a freezer container and they will keep for up to two months.

a frosted cookie on top of unfrosted ones.

You know I love all of my cookie recipes equally, but these sweet M&M cookies hold a special place in my heart!

They are wonderful – soft, chewy, and chocolate candy in every bite. The frosting takes it over the top! I know you will love them, too. Enjoy! XOXO San

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Best Ever Frosted M&M Cookies

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 218 kcal
These Best Ever Frosted M&M Cookies are a soft and chewy delicious cookie, made with a combination of my two favorite treats.
a pile of cookies with a frosted on top.

Ingredients
 

Cookies

  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups M&Ms

Frosting

  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter room temp
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 1-2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium mixing bowl and stir 3 times to combine, then slowly beat into the butter & sugar mixture. Once combined, stir in M&M's.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough into tablespoon sized balls on the baking sheet. Top with 2-3 M&Ms if desired.
  • Place in oven and bake 11-12 minutes or until a light golden brown. Let cool completely on a rack.

Frosting

  • Cream together the confectioner's sugar and butter until smooth. Gradually mix in the milk and vanilla with an electric mixer until smooth and stiff, about 5 minutes. Color with food coloring if desired.
  • Frost cooled cookies with about a tablespoon of frosting each or as desired. Serve and devour!
Calories: 218kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
a pile of cookies with a frosted on top.
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16 Comments

  1. I hate when stores don’t use real M&Ms! I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow! These cookies are seriously the best and such a hit here! My teens and hubby loved these especially my son. Perfect for our gathering this weekend and my daughter is so excited to make these with me!

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